Govt may issue smart cards to construction workers

The state government is contemplating on issuing on-the-spot smart cards for construction workers after registering them with the Karnataka Building and other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board, Minister of State for Labour, B T Parameshwara Naik, said on Thursday.

Speaking to reporters in Bengaluru, Naik said as many as 10.10 lakh construction workers had registered with the Board. The members could avail several benefits including financial assistance during hospitalisation, scholarships for children of construction workers, accident compensation to the nominee of the registered member in the event of death, marriage assistance and funds for purchase of tools and equipment, among others.

He said the government has recently increased the accident compensation from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 5 lakh. Later in the day, Naik held a meeting with Bosch representatives and sought that 263 workers, who have been on a strike, be allowed to join duty immediately. Naik said a review meeting in this regard would be held on May 20.

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